Interesting note out of ESPN’s Mark Stein this morning:
(Sacramento forward Jason) Thompson is averaging just 15.4 minutes per game off the bench and has been shopped by the Kings, who according to one source with knowledge of the talks offered the 6-11, 250-pounder to Atlanta in a deal featuring young point guard Jeff Teague. The Hawks declined.
There was a time, it seems like just a year ago (because it was), that Thompson was going to be the future of the Kings frontline, along side Spencer Hawes. Apparently, not so much. If the Kings are shopping Thompson for a backup point guard — and for all his promise that is all Teague has proven to be so far — then his days are numbered in Sacramento.
Which isn’t a shock, really. In an ideal world, DeMarcus Cousins is a four along side a defensive, shot-blocking center. Right now, Carl Landry and Darnell Jackson are getting a lot of time at the four. Thompson, the former No. 12 overall pick, has some talent but not as much as the guys the Kings already have at the spot.
Smart money says Thompson gets moved before the deadline, maybe long before the deadline.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.